LP Office Hours (now Emerging Manager Office Hours)

Beginning in 2024, Venture Forward is expanding our esteemed LP Office Hours (LPOH) from half-day events to full-day programs called Emerging Manager Office Hours (EMOH). 

EMOH are free, full-day workshops that connect emerging managers (EMs) from diverse backgrounds to limited partners (LPs), general partners (GPs) with significant fundraising experience, and industry advisors. The next program, EMOH 11, will take place in San Francisco on June 25, 2024.   

Launched in 2018, EMOH (fka LPOH) is hosted twice a year, one in-person, and one virtually. The virtual programs focus on a specific type of LP, while in-person programs focus on a specific region. View details of our past programs.  

Goals: Provide an opportunity for underrepresented EMs to connect with leaders in the field, learn from them, and seek guidance through open and collaborative dialogue. Key topics include:  

  • Fundraising – learn directly from LPs and experienced GPs who have successfully raised multiple funds 
  • GP-LP relationships – best practices for communications and building strong partnerships 
  • Fund management – portfolio management, reserve management, strategies to handle shifting market dynamics 
  • Fund operations – hiring, managing personnel, back-office structure, expansion and succession planning 

Please note that EMOH is an educational and networking program, not an LP pitching event. 

Format: The full-day event will be broken out into two sessions:  

  1. The morning session will connect EMs with experienced GPs  
  2. The afternoon session will connect EMs with LPs 

 

Each session will begin with a panel discussion, followed by four rounds of highly curated, 30-minute “office hours” meetings (small-group and 1:1 conversations). In total, each EM will participate in 8 meetings with GP, LP, and industry advisor hosts. In-person events conclude with a casual networking reception. 

  • Panel Discussion: Hear from experienced GPs 
  • Office Hours: Connect with experienced GPs and industry advisors (four 30-minute meetings) 
  • Networking Lunch (in-person programs) 
  • Panel Discussion: Hear from LPs 
  • Office Hours: Connect with LPs and industry advisors (four 30-minute meetings) 
  • Networking Reception (in-person programs) 

 

Participation: To ensure that each EM has time to meaningfully interact with the hosts and each other, participation is strictly limited. Approximately 25 EMs are selected for each event, via a brief application process.  

LPOH

The EMOH 11 application is now closed.

Ways to Participate

Underrepresented EMs

  • Apply to participate as an EM (participation criteria can be found at the bottom of this page)

LPs

  • Host office hours
  • Host small roundtable discussions with EMs

Experienced GPs

  • Host office hours
  • Host small roundtable discussions with EMs

Industry Advisors

  • Sponsor a program
  • Host small roundtable discussions with EMs

Impact

10

programs hosted

245

EMs served

110+
LP hosts
55+

experienced GP hosts

750+
meetings curated between EMs and LP/GP hosts
100%
of most recent LPOH EMs would recommend the program

EM participants in the most recent LPOH 10

61%

61% women or nonbinary

82%

82% people of color

61%

61% outside CA, MA & NY

7%

7% LGBTQ+

Emerging Manager Participation Criteria and Process

CRITERIA

EMOH are intended to support emerging VC fund managers who: 

  • Reside in the U.S. (even for virtual events) 
  • Invest in startups domestically, in the U.S. 
  • Are part of a demographic group that is underrepresented in venture capital  
  • Are currently raising or managing fund 2, 3, or 4 
  • Are raising or managing a fund no larger than $150M 
  • Are seeking opportunities to engage and learn from experienced GPs and LPs 

 

Venture Forward takes an intersectional approach to “representation,” so we consider many demographic factors, including but not limited to:

  • Race / ethnicity
  • Gender
  • Orientation
  • Immigrant background
  • Veteran status
  • Geography or geographic focus
 
The application also provides a field for applicants to share details about any other factors they’d like to, e.g., neurodiversity, physical disabilities, relevant personal history or family circumstances, etc.

 

APPLICATION

EMs are selected for participation through a brief application process, which collects professional, fund, and demographic data.  

  • EMs may only apply on their own behalf, not on behalf of a firm. If multiple people at a firm are interested in attending EMOH, each person must submit an individual application. 
  • For in-person events, applicants with a connection to the host region will be given preference.  
  • For virtual events focused on a specific type of LP, applicants whose needs best align with that LP type will be given preference. 
  • While past participants are welcome to apply again, preference will generally be given to EMs who haven’t previously had the opportunity to participate.  
  • Applicants are evaluated solely on the strength of their application and alignment with the criteria. We do not consider referrals, NVCA membership, or any other factors in the selection process.  
 
 

DECISION NOTIFICATION

Several weeks before the event, Venture Forward will notify applicants of the selection decision. Due to the volume of applications, we are not able to discuss individual decisions.

 

CONFIRM PARTICIPATION

Once notified, selected applicants must respond to confirm their availability and intent to attend the full event.  

  • If a selected EM can no longer attend, Venture Forward will offer the seat to an applicant from the waitlist. 
  • Because the meeting schedules are highly curated, partial attendance cannot be accommodated, regardless of the circumstances. 
  • Invitations are non-transferable; if a selected applicant is unable to attend, or only available to attend part of the event, Venture Forward will offer the seat to an applicant from the waitlist. 
  • Invitations are limited to the individual applicant, and do not extend to fund partners or colleagues. As attendance is strictly limited, participants may not bring additional guests to join them at EMOH. 

Office Hour Hosts

Past program hosts include
Tools & Templates Submission Form
Job Listing Submission
Ecosystem Event Submission